Croatia midfielder Luka Modric.

Luka Modric gave his opinion on 'it's coming home' after England 2-1 Croatia

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England went someway to fixing their World Cup heartbreak this afternoon.

After losing to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final back in July, the Three Lions beat Zlatko Dalic's side 2-1 at Wembley to top their UEFA Nations League group.

While it's not the same as the World Cup, it's still a sign of progression from Gareth Southgate's exciting young side.

Andrej Kramaric had given the visitors the lead, before Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane struck in the space of nine second-half minutes.

And to celebrate the victory, the tannoy system blared out 'it's coming home', the three words that antagonised the Croatian team in Russia - particularly captain Luka Modric.

The Real Madrid midfielder played the full 90 minutes at Wembley and was asked by reporters about his feelings towards the phrase.

Modric said, per Daily Mail: "We said how we felt at the World Cup and that is it, we don't need to go back and talk about this. That is it, it is finished. This is a new game and we don't need to look back and make more comments about it.

"I don't want to change what we said because we felt that way. But no matter, between players and teams it is huge respect. We respect England, they respect us. We never meant it about players and coaches, I mean people around England."

Modric then gave his thoughts on the game, stating that he believed Croatia deserved the win.

Modric in action vs England

"I don't know if they have improved since the summer," he added. "That is maybe a question for them to assess if they are improving or not.

"But I see them like a good, young team with a bright future in front of them. They are in final four of this Nations League and it is showing that they are in a good way.

"It is a bit painful to lose in this way because we prepared well for set-pieces. We knew England are dangerous from set pieces but in the end they got two goals from set-pieces and it is a bit painful.

"Apart from the first 20 or 25 minutes we were the better team."

Modric in the warmup

The fact England had 62% of the ball and mustered 17 shots compared to Croatia's 12 suggests Modric may not be totally accurate in his assessment.

Gareth Southgate
Zlatko Dalic
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Andrej Kramaric
Jesse Lingard
Harry Kane
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Luka Modric

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